Manisa – Sardis
Sardis was the capital of the famous Kingdom of Lydia, where the first coins in the world were minted. The Temple of Artemis by the Sart Stream dates back to the 4th century B.C. Sardis located at the starting point of the famous "King's Road" which extends towards the east, was an important trade center.
Sardis was known by its wealth and as a famous trade centre when it was the capital of the Lydia Kingdom. Owing to the Paktolos, who passed nearby the city and who had rich gold mines, the wealth of the city became very famous. This city which minted the first coins in history in the VIIth century B.C., was the last stop on the famous King Road which started in Susa. The city earned a considerable amount of income from the famous Artemis temple, where people from all over the ancient world visited.